Lead-tainted crayons from China part I: Secondary prevention in Arizona

P. Arreola, C. Fowler, K. Schaller, Z. Weaver, C. Neumann, Leslie V Boyer

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Abstract

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) identified lead-containing crayons from China as a likely source in the lead poisoning of an 11 month-old child. This finding sparked nationwide attention which, in coordination with data from the Oregon Health Division (OHD), led to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall of 13 brands of crayons. This paper describes the events leading to the recall and illustrates the role of public health agencies in a comprehensive childhood lead poisoning prevention program. In particular, background screening and surveillance were key to the identification of this previously unknown lead poisoning risk, lead-tainted crayons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-10
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Environmental Health
Volume58
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Arreola, P., Fowler, C., Schaller, K., Weaver, Z., Neumann, C., & Boyer, L. V. (1996). Lead-tainted crayons from China part I: Secondary prevention in Arizona. Journal of Environmental Health, 58(7), 6-10.